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At London 1948m which became known as the Austerity Games because Britain was still recovering from World War II, while meat was eaten by some athletes since it wasn’t rationed by the government. The U.S. Olympic team shipped 5,000 steaks, 2,500 lamb chops and 2,500 lb. (1,135 kg) of ham to London for its athletes. The French team brought its own wine

To feed the nearly 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes staying at the Olympic Village, the kitchens will be stocked with:
232 tons of potatoes
more than 82 tons of seafood
more than 100tons of meat
158,000 pints (75,000 L) of milk
19 tons of eggs
21 tons of cheese
more than 330 tons of fruit and vegetables

Athletes have been warned by U.K. Anti-Doping to avoid eating liver, as it could show up in tests as the anabolic agent clenbuterol a banned substance

14 million
Meals the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) will serve at 40 locations during the Olympic and Paralympic competitions

Married shooters RUSSELL AND LAURYN MARK were furious when the Australian Olympic Committee told them they couldn’t room together in the Olympic Village in London; Russell claimed they were being discriminated against as heterosexuals because same-sex couples wouldn’t be prevented from rooming together in the gender segregated housing. They spent much of the flight there cuddling

Olympic athletes and coaches from outside the E.U. have RESTRICTED VISAS that forbid them to marry or form civil partnerships while on British soil during the games

150,000
Number of condoms provided in the Olympic village (up 50% from the 100,000 made available at Beijing 2008)

Canadian sprinter JUSTYN WARNER and his fiancée NIKKITA HOLDER a hurdler and Canadian teammate, plan to wed in October, after they compete in London

Australian runner JANA PITTMAN TAWLINSON had her breast implants removed to improve her chances for London 2012 – but a foot injury prevented her from making the Olympic team

Haitian triple jumper SAMYR LAINE roomed with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard and holds a degree from Georgetown. He has a job waiting for him at a New York City law firm when he retires from competitive sports

An Olympic badminton shuttlecock weighs from 0.17 oz, to 0.19 oz, (4.74 g to 5.50 g). Its 16 feathers are plucked from the left wing of a goose

In early versions of water polo, players rode on floating barrels and struck the ball with sticks. The resemblance to the equestrian sport inspired its name, which stuck even as the sport evolved

Partly sighted Paralympic swimmers are required to wear blackened goggles to compete against completely blind swimmers

The diving platforms at the London Aquatics Centre were designed by architect Zaha Hadid. Instead of having conventional support columns, Hadid’s platforms consist of a single piece of smooth, curved concrete

When 15 year old Mexican diver and London 2012 medal hopeful CAROLINA MENDOZA travels to a competition, she brings along the diving suit of her friend and teammate Diana Diaz, who was killed in a car accident last year

71
Age of Japanese equestrian Hiroshi Hoketsu, who will be the oldest competitor this year. His first Olympics was Tokyo 1964

72
Age of the oldest Olympian, Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, who won silver at Antwerp 1920

Lightest Olympian: American spring board diver Aileen Riggin, who won gold at Antwerp 1920 and silver at Paris 1924. She weighed65lb. (29 kg)

10
Age of the youngest Olympian ever, Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras. He won bronze at Athens 1896

OKSANA CHUSOVITINA, 37, is the only female gymnast to have competed in five Olympic Games, and she did so on three different teams; one mad up of former Soviet republics in 1992; Uzbekistan in 1996, 2000 and 2004; and Germany in 2008. London will be her sixth Olympics

Thai weight lifter PRAPAWADEE JAROENRATTANATARAKOON. 28, changed her name from Chanpim Kantatian in 2007on the advice of a fortune teller, who told her the new name would bring her good luck. She won gold in Beijing.

U.S. archer KHATUNA LORIG,38 taught actress Jennifer Lawrence how to shoot arrows for her role in The Hunger Games

800
The number of chefs cooking in the Olympic Village

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